Healthcare caught in political crossfire

One of the most difficult political tests facing the ruling coalition is passing healthcare reform. However, just a day before parliament sessions are set to start, only two ruling coalition parties expressed support, the daily Hospodárske noviny has reported.

The New Citizen’s Alliance (ANO) and the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKU) publicly support the reform, with some reservations.

Vice-chairman of SDKU, Roman Vavrík, said his party requires more transparency into the economic performance of healthcare insurance companies. Together with the Slovak Hungarian Coalition, SDKU wants to adopt measures to protect citizens from unscrupulous insurance companies who could siphon money away from healthcare. Additionally, the Slovak Hungarian Coalition wants healthcare reform to benefit patients who opt for preventative care.

The Christian Democratic Movement is worried about the proposed reform’s impact on the state budget.

With party politics playing heavily into the mix, independent members of parliament may well determine the future of Slovak healthcare.

Compiled by Martina Jurinová from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

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